Over 70 British members of parliament have signed a letter urging the home secretary to make sure that WikiLeaks cofounder Julian Assange is extradited to Sweden when a case there is reopened from him.
The letter, signed late on Friday by mostly Labour Party MPs, urged UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid to”stand with the victims of sexual violence” and confirm the rape argue against him may be”properly researched”.
“we don’t presume guilt, naturally, but we believe due process ought to be followed and the complainant must see justice be achieved,” it stated.
The 47-year-old Australian activist has been detained by British police on Thursday and removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his asylum was lifted, resulting in an end more than six years in the construction.
Assange initially sought asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 to prevent extradition to Sweden, in which prosecutors needed to question him along with a rape allegation, which he denied.
Sweden suspended its evaluation of serious sexual misconduct two decades back because Assange was beyond their reach while at the embassy.
But on Friday, Swedish prosecutors said that they had been analyzing the rape case at the request of the alleged victim’s attorney.
British Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott stated it was correct he must face prosecution if charges are brought.
“When the Swedish government wants to return with these charges, I believe that Assange should face the criminal justice system,” said Abbott, who added that the arrest was politically motivated as WikiLeaks has released huge tranches of sensitive military information.
“We all understand what this is about. It isn’t the rape charges, severe as they are, it’s approximately WikiLeaks. All that embarrassing information about the activities of this American military which has been made public and that is what it’s about.”
The move by British MPs to push for Assange’s extradition into Sweden came hours following the Labour Party called on the authorities to halt his extradition to the United States, in which he’s been charged with offences linked to his work using whistle-blower Chelsea Manning.
However, May has demonstrated no desire to interfere with the US’s fantasies this time. She welcomed the defendant in Parliament on Thursday, in which Sajid Javid, respectively the present home secretary, accused Labour of encouraging a man with”a track record of undermining the UK along with our allies and the principles we stand for”.
US prosecutors state Assange faces five years in prison if convicted of”conspiracy to commit computer intrusion”, though further charges are anticipated to be caused by him.
Abbott’s remarks followed a post on Twitter by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday that commended Assange’s exposing of US war crimes Iraq and Afghanistan and said that his extradition to the US”should be opposed by the British government”.